mi·​cro·​man·​age | \ ˌmī-krō-ˈma-nij How to pronounce micromanage (audio) \
micromanaged; micromanaging; micromanages

Definition of micromanage

transitive verb

: to manage especially with excessive control or attention to details

intransitive verb

: to direct or conduct the activities of a group or an enterprise by micromanaging them

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Other Words from micromanage

micromanagement \ ˌmī-​krō-​ˈma-​nij-​mənt How to pronounce micromanagement (audio) \ noun
micromanager \ ˌmī-​krō-​ˈma-​ni-​jər How to pronounce micromanager (audio) \ noun

Examples of micromanage in a Sentence

He micromanaged every detail of the budget.
Recent Examples on the Web No longer will federal bureaucrats micromanage your local police. chicagotribune.com, "Read the official transcript of President Trump’s remarks at the International Association of Chiefs of Police convention in Chicago," 28 Oct. 2019 Another type is the perfectionist who tends to micromanage employees. Marcia Heroux Pounds, sun-sentinel.com, "Would you quit your job because of a bad boss? 60 percent in South Florida have done it, survey says," 14 Oct. 2019 As a strategy, China’s efforts to micromanage global conversation is emboldening its critics and eroding the support of its friends. Evan Osnos, The New Yorker, "China Forces the N.B.A. to Weigh Value Against Values," 8 Oct. 2019 Her way might be trying to micromanage everything, and your way might be to have a short fuse with her micromanaging. cleveland, "Dear Annie: Sibling harmony destroyed by disagreements over care of elderly mother," 28 Sep. 2019 Implanted sensors will spot early signs of illness in farm animals, and micromanage their feeding. The Economist, "Drastic falls in cost are powering another computer revolution," 12 Sep. 2019 But the government agency is simultaneously requiring T-Mobile and Sprint to sell some of their assets to Dish Network in what amounts to a government attempt to micromanage the mobile industry. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "DOJ’s plan to make Dish the fourth major carrier has a fatal flaw," 27 Aug. 2019 In his mind, anything that reinforced Pentagon leaders’ desire to micromanage events halfway across the globe was problematic. James Bandler, ProPublica, "How Amazon and Silicon Valley Seduced the Pentagon," 22 Aug. 2019 Airbnb's Experience platform has gathered thousands of local voices who can micromanage all sorts of encounters—a drag queen makeover in Mexico City, for instance, or the inside track on L.A.'s Dogtown skate scene with Juice magazine's Dan Levy. Rick Jordan, Condé Nast Traveler, "Too Busy to Plan? These Local Guides Will Get You Up Close and Personal," 21 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of micromanage

1976, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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The first known use of micromanage was in 1976

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26 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Micromanage.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/micromanaging. Accessed 8 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of micromanage

chiefly US : to try to control or manage all the small parts of (something, such as an activity) in a way that is usually not wanted or that causes problems

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to constrict the range or activity of

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